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The Italian Renaissance is known for its birth of many notable philosophers including the famous Niccolo Machiavelli He is without a doubt one of the greatest political thinkers to have ever existed and his ideas and beliefs have been an inspiration and motivation for many famous leaders Although he has known to have been a positive influence on mankind Machiavelli has also distinguished a bad reputation that has been unfairly given to him because of a misunderstanding in his views on politics Since rulers like Hitler and Mussolini have followed his teachings for obtaining power society has unfortunately looked down upon this great philosopher despite the many things he introduced to mankindMachiavelli was born on May 3 1469 in Florence Italy Brought up in a relatively poor family his parents could not afford to send him to school Instead he was educated at home by his mother a religious poet and his father an attorney Since little is known about his early life not a lot can be found in references about his childhood and teenage years It is only known that his family did their best to obtain a respectable and prominent image and Niccolo grew up to be a fine educated and well-known man He attended the University of Florence and studied logic mathematics music astronomy and philosophical debateMachiavellis political career took off in 1498 when he was offered a government position in Florence He became the secretary and second chancellor of the Florentine Republic During this time he was a civil servant who had many diplomatic and administrative responsibilities From 1499 to 1508 he went on many missions where he met many powerful political figures including Louis XII the Pope and Cesar Borgia a solider and aristocrat in central Italy A lot of Machiavellis philosophy was highly influenced by other people meanwhile his own ideas were created about political power and maintaining government control One of his major contributions
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